|I was born and raised in Germany and as long as I remember I was drawn to art and loved to paint, take photographs and write poetry. After finishing school I wanted to go to the art school (Kunstakademie) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Though I was admitted, I did not choose this path. More than the serious resistance of my family, the argument of a good artist friend of mine was responsible for this decision: "If you want your creativity stifled and bent to the ideas of other artists, go." I didn't. Instead, I studied Indology (Eastern Indian languages, religions and philosophy) and received my Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1979. More than 13 years of post graduate research in India followed, which brought me in contact with spiritual masters and many great Indian musicians and artists. I became deeply engrossed in all aspects of Indian culture, received the name Sautamali and increasingly devoted time to express my experiences, thoughts and beliefs through drawings, paintings, photographs and poetry.
Besides being an artist I work as author and translator of mostly spiritual books for various publishers in Germany. My new translation from Sanskrit into German of the major Upanishads came out in 1996. For more details visit my website at www.turstig.net. Recently my American wife and I moved to Santa Fe, NM, and in this artistic atmosphere my creativity found new ways to manifest and to express my metaphysical interests and insights. I developed a composite technique working with my own photographs, with digital enhancement using various computer software, different printing methods on diverse surfaces and additional drawing and painting by hand.